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Elder Abuse—What Does This Mean in Nevada?

Elder abuse is the shorthand term for an extensive Nevada law that covers the much broader categories of neglect, abuse, isolation or exploitation of vulnerable or elderly people. Nevada law defines an elderly person as someone age 60 or older. Vulnerable people are those 18 years old or older who are either physically or mentally Read More

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What are Misdemeanors in Nevada?

This past September, a Carson City man allegedly hit his fiancée with a water bottle, poured water on her, and shoved her to the ground. That same month, a family broke the law by feeding wild horses and their young daughter was kicked in the face, fortunately without serious injury, by one of the animals. Read More

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A Guide to Bail in Nevada

Recently, two criminal cases in Nevada saw two very different bail amounts set by the courts. In one, a man and a woman were charged with plotting to kill Las Vegas police officers in order to draw attention to their antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement. The woman’s bail was set at $200,000. Her companion, David Brutsche, Read More

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Five-Finger Discount: What Are the Penalties for Shoplifting in Nevada?

In 2001, a shoplifting case made the pages of almost every American newspaper and gossip column. The reason was that the suspect was actress Winona Ryder, who was then at the peak of her fame. Ryder walked out of Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, CA, with thousands of dollars of luxury clothing. Eventually, Ryder Read More

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Soliciting a Prostitute: How Much Trouble Are You In?

Soliciting a Prostitute: How Much Trouble Are You In? Ten men were arrested in Reno recently in a sting operation that targeted customers soliciting prostitutes. As part of that operation, two female undercover police officers disguised as prostitutes walked the streets over the course of five hours. When men approached them offering money for sex, Read More

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Assault and Battery: The Differences in Nevada

In late September 2013, Reno police arrested a man for shooting a woman in the arm at the Overland Hotel. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery, among other offenses. Assault and battery are two offences that seem to always go together, but they mean two different things: Assault: You commit Read More

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Selling Marijuana: How Harsh Are the Penalties in Nevada?

In Mesquite, Nevada, neighbors of 22-year-old Austin Ray called the police after seeing a parade of teenagers going in and out of his house. It turned out that Ray was allegedly selling marijuana. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of sale. In order to prove that you intended to Read More

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Marijuana Possession in Nevada

A recent study found that marijuana is the most popular illegal drug worldwide. The key word here is “illegal.” As in all states except for Washington and Colorado, Nevada bans the possession and use of marijuana, except for authorized medical use. The Nevada statute states that to be charged for possession in the state, the Read More

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Cheating the Casino is a Crime in Nevada

A gambler at a Columbus, Ohio casino recently received a sentence of nine days in jail for cheating a local casino. He is the first person in Franklin County without a previous criminal record to go to jail for this offense since the casino opened. Under Nevada law, it is unlawful to cheat at gambling. Read More

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Drag Racing Can Drive You to Prison

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway scheduled an event called “Midnight Mayhem,” where drivers of souped-up cars could compete against each other at the Speedway. The organizers called it “a safe alternative to illegal street racing.” Under Nevada law, illegal drag racing (aka “speed contests”) is defined as driving your car in an unauthorized race on Read More

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